7 Ways an InSPIRED Culture Keeps the Best People

Lack of direction, definition, and subsequent re-work exhausts the team, leads to missed deadlines, and lowers productivity.

About $1 million is wasted every twenty seconds due to poorly executed business strategies. You might as well light your revenue on fire, because poor execution will send whatever you earn up in smoke.

When you hamper productivity, blow through finances, and destroy relationships — even unintentionally, you create the unholy trinity of culture gone wild.

In the end, when you fail to execute, you’re not only hurting the bottom line, but also betraying the trust of your people. Who puts faith in…


Lead Where You’re Strong, Team Where You’re Weak

Maybe you think, or even know, that there is a certain way you are expected to act, so you put on a persona each day you walk into the office.

You want to be the real you, but you’re so busy figuring out the right thing to say that you forget the best thing to do — be real and authentic to who you are.

Inauthenticity drains your energy and renders you ineffective.

Even more importantly, if you’re not comfortable with and can’t get along with you, how in the world are you going to get along with anybody else?


Build a Customer Experience They Want to Write Home About

If focusing on service is a significant step on the InSPIRED leadership path, how do you go about making excellent service an everyday practice? You guessed it — by being Intentional.

Great service doesn’t happen by accident. Every member of your organization is a person who has good days and bad days.

Without a detailed plan in place for excellent service, you’ll only get the best any of those people can bring themselves to give on any given day.

But if you architect superior service every step of the way, you’ll know in advance, and with great certainty, the quality…


Spoiler Alert: You Can Be Busy But Not Productive

It’s always interesting to try to imagine what the future will bring.

The Jetsons cartoon show, based in the year 2062, envisioned a future where robots do all the housework, cars fold up to the size of a briefcase, and much of what we need is automated.

We’ve got forty more years to see how that turns out. The movie Bladerunner, set in 2019, envisioned a future where rogue replicants were virtually indistinguishable from humans.

Back to the Future II, set in 2015, predicted hover cars, self-lacing Nikes, and food re-hydrators. …


Build a Thriving and Efficient Force for Productivity and Support

Part of what makes the great Iditarod race such an inspirational feat is the level of teamwork necessary at every step.

What looks like a bunch of dogs all doing the same job is actually a multi-faceted team — trained, orchestrated, and equipped by their musher.

A full team is made up of 16 dogs, running in 4 different positions. Every dog has a particular strength, and every musher knows exactly which dogs will play each position best.

It takes the same analysis and social understanding to create a winning team in the workplace!

Let’s look at each pack member…


The Secret to Managing Team Relationships

Captain William Bligh possessed a strong ship, crewed by forty-three talented Royal Navy seamen. He had charted a clear course and mission.

But even in the harsh industry of 18th century sailing, Bligh had a tough reputation.

Historical accounts tell us his crewmen described him as a stern, overbearing, and critical leader — frequently successful in achieving objectives, but harsh with punishment.

He was focused, but either not self-aware or, more likely, he just didn’t care.

The consequences would go down in infamy.

Bligh could have succeeded in accomplishing the mission IF he had been an InSPIRED leader — if…


Find Awesome and Copy It!

Inspiration is contagious.

Oprah Winfrey started out as a small-town newsperson and became a media mogul.

Mother Teresa served the poor in the worst conditions.

Gandhi, Steve Jobs, Malala from Pakistan, Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Jr., Albert Einstein — the list goes on.

Each of these people had drastically different personalities, values, and vision, yet they all inspired millions.

Of course, you don’t have to meet a tech giant or join the Peace Corp. to find those electric people who inspire leadership success.

One of the first people to speak deeply into my life was a guy named Jim…


How to Consistently Get More Done without Losing Your Mind

You could probably study for the rest of your life — and still never finish all the books, articles, editorials, and contradictory perspectives on how to execute with excellence.

Thankfully you don’t have to sift through it all to find a process that just works.

One of the most helpful — and beautifully simple — leadership processes I learned was from a group of seasoned, Alaskan mushers.

They didn’t have to get fancy or annotate. They got right to the point and shared with me something that not only works…


Like It or Not, You Make Branding Choices Every Single Day

People aren’t the only forces of inspiration. Brands have the same power — one that is multiplied, even, by the number of people who come together under one missional banner.

When Steve Jobs introduced the iPod, he sold a metal box with a microprocessor, small screen, and a clickable wheel. But what did he deliver? A thousand songs in your pocket.

That small piece of hardware has changed the way people consumed music.


3 Steps to Communicate Powerfully with Your Team

People have been figuring out ways to communicate with each other since they first set foot on the earth — from cave drawings and hieroglyphics to modern day emojis. 😎

We’ve become masters of getting our ideas across. Without dialogue, our teams disintegrate. But communication requires more than the transmission of information.

On a boat flying across the bay, crew members must become efficient and effective at relaying information. Wasting time and energy, or worse, risking miscommunication, just won’t do.

In your business, what are your critical communication points? Do you speak to employees or team members in person or…

Chris Fuller

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